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Miss USA turns 60: Are beauty pageants outdated?

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 Alyssa Campanella, Miss California, reacts after being crowned the 2011 Miss USA, Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)By CBC News

Miss USA Organization crowned its 60th pageant queen on Sunday.

California model Alyssa Campanella gasped as she was announced the victor. Earlier, Campanella wowed the judges in the swimsuit, evening gown and interview rounds, when she answered a question about the legalization of marijuana.

The Miss USA pageant began as a "bathing beauty" competition - sponsored by a swimwear company - in 1952 in Long Beach, Calif.

Since then, it has "evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these young women," the Miss USA Organization says.

Contestants are "savvy, goal-oriented and aware," the organization says. Winning the competition is said to help a woman advance her career, and personal and humanitarian goals.

Do you support beauty pageants like Miss USA? Why or why not? Are they outdated? What benefits do you see in them, if any? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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